Can You Search by Hometown on Facebook?

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Facebook's friend connection tools help you locate and keep in touch with friends in many parts of the world. The many search tools available in the "Find Friends" window of your Facebook profile let you find friends when you only have one or two pieces of information. Understanding your search options helps you make the most of your friend list and Facebook profile.

Find Friends

  • Facebook's detailed search window is accessible through the "Find Friends" link in the upper right corner of your Facebook page. Scroll down to the bottom of the list of email links that appear when you click the link; choose "Find Friends" beside the line labeled "Other Tools." The search options appear in the left column of the page beside a list of profile images for suggested friends.

Search Options

  • Facebook's search page allows you to search for friends who share your hometown by clicking the check box beside your hometown in the search column. Enter a different hometown to search for people from a different area. You can narrow your search results to show only people who are friends with specific people on your Friend list. You can also search for Facebook accounts that specify a particular school or employer as well.

Friend Suggestions

  • The "Find Friends" window provides a listing of suggested friends with profile images. Click the name beneath the image to view that user's profile, or click the "Add Friend' link to send a friend request. If you have any friends in common, a link appears under the profile picture telling you how many friends you share. Click the link to view the mutual friends on your account.

Considerations

  • Use caution when adding friends to your Facebook profile. The anonymity of the Internet makes it an avenue for predators to gain a global reach. Select your friends carefully. Individuals may list a specific hometown without actually being from that town. There are no safety controls in place to ensure the accuracy of data entered into Facebook profiles.

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